Posts Tagged ‘Henry Fonda’

Heads-up re: TCM, 8/7

August 7, 2009

Dear readers, my brain’s a bit crispy this morning: the Deerhunter/No Age/Dan Deacon show last night at the Memorial Union Terrace was really excellent (it’s funny how much slack one essentially has to cut a musician with regard to how they sound live vs. how they sound on their album; Deerhunter sounded roughly 65% cruder live than they do on, say, Microcastle, but I’m also sincerely glad that this is the case), but as my Republican friends (and Mark McGwire) like to say: that was in the past and we’re not here to talk about the past, we’re here to talk about the future… like, what’s playing on TCM today.

“Summer Under the Stars” continues with 24 hours of Glenn Ford. You’re probably trembling with excitement at the prospect of seeing Ford lust after and get all tangled up with Rita Hayworth in Charles Vidor’s Gilda (1946; 110 minutes), which will be on at 7:00PM; I’m genuinely thrilled about seeing that one. You’re also on the fence about watching Ford in the original 3:10 To Yuma (1957; 92 minutes), which will be on at 10:30PM. Finally, you’re dismayed by the absence of Fritz Lang’s The Big Heat (1953), because watching Ford get revenge for Gloria Grahame by punching a smarmy Lee Marvin’s teeth in never gets old. To laugh off your disappointment about this lack of Lang, you’re going to check out Ford and Henry Fonda in The Rounders (1965; 85 minutes), a western-comedy directed by Burt Kennedy, at 12:15AM. Not a bad day at all, really.

The rest of the schedule is here.

A heads-up (on short notice)

August 1, 2009

For those of you who don’t mind spending a little time indoors this afternoon, TCM is showing Alfred Hitchcock’s The Wrong Man (1956), starring Henry Fonda, at 5:00PM (all times on this blog are central). I’ve yet to see the film, but it’s the subject of what Jonathan Rosenbaum has persuasively argued is Jean-Luc Godard’s best, most penetrating work of criticism from his time at Cahiers du cinéma. I personally love Godard’s review of Anthony Mann’s Man of the West a lot as well, but his analysis of The Wrong Man is definitely a classic. Suffice it to say, I’ll be tuning in for this one.

JLG: “Once again Alfred Hitchcock proves that cinema today is better fitted than either philosophy or the novel to convey the basic data of consciousness.” (Godard on Godard, pg. 50)